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Gurgaon: After several missed deadlines, Hero Honda Chowk flyover opens

CM Khattar said the flyover will reduce the load of vehicles on Hero Honda Chowk and made commuting easier and faster

gurgaon Updated: Jul 24, 2017 23:40 IST
Abhishek Behl
Abhishek Behl
hindustan times
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Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar inaugurated the Hero Honda Chowk flyover on Monday.(Parveen Kumar/HT PHOTO)

The newly constructed eight-lane flyover at Hero Honda Chowk was on Monday opened by Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar amid a heavy downpour. A large number of political functionaries and senior government officials were present on the occasion.

Khattar inaugurated the 1.4 km long flyover under the cover of umbrellas around 1.30pm.

With the completion of this project, vehicles going towards Sector 10, Kadipur, Basai, Jhajjar and Sultanpur would not have to pass through Kherki Daula toll plaza as people going that side would now get a straight route from Hero Honda Chowk.

The rain also brought with it the spectre of waterlogging as every year, the Hero Honda crossing witnesses heavy jams during the rains. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) officials said underpasses, which are part of the project, will be completed by December 31, 2017.

The Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) is almost done with acquiring land to expand the Badshahpur drain at Khandsa village and the authorities expressed confidence that the vexatious problem of Hero Honda Chowk waterlogging would be resolved in the next six months.

On July 28, 2016, Hero Honda Chowk witnessed one of the worst gridlocks in the city’s history — it lasted over 24 hours— after the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway became inundated with water from the Badshahpur drain.

Khattar, while interacting with media after the inauguration, said the flyover will reduce jams on the expressway and help commuters reach their destinations with ease.

Gurgaon MP and Union minister of state for planning and urban development Rao Inderjit Singh, and Haryana PWD minister Rao Narbir Singh were also present on the occasion.

NHAI chief general manager Manoj Kumar said their priority would be to complete the Hero Honda Chowk project and the three underpasses at Iffco Chowk, Signature Tower, and Rajiv Chowk.

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“Apart from these, a lot of other projects are in the planning stage to decongest Delhi and Gurgaon,” he said.

The 1.4-km flyover was sanctioned on August 28, 2014, and an amount of Rs 197 crore was spent to build the structure, which will help reduce snarls at this chowk.

The flyover has been built by Valeccha Engineering Ltd and it shall also maintain the flyover for a period of 72 months as part of the contract, which also includes the construction of four underpasses.

First Published: Jul 24, 2017 23:39 IST